This time we celebrated the feast of tabernacles together with the prayer house Leipzig in the Burgcafé.

Three days together on a trip to one of the worst places on the entire planet – the concentration camp Auschwitz.

On 26th of January 2017, we celebrated in connection with the day of commemoration for the victims of National Socialism the movie premiere of our film “Survival – Three Jewish generations”. For many years now Maria Hoffmann has supported former Leipzig Jews and other Holocaust survivors and their descendants in Israel.

A large group from Israel with Avishay and Chava, Ruth, Heleni and Yona as well as many relatives and friends (11 people) and family Dahadi with Stefanie Seliger from Kfar Blum (20 people) came besides descendants of former Leipzig Jews from New Zealand, Australia, USA and Chile to the Jewish week.

How wonderful is our God of Israel?! How blessed are we by His people of Israel?! (see Romans 9:4-5)

The weeks with Maria in Israel have been amazingly beautiful. We had a lot of lovely meetings with our longtime friends. Their hospitality was just spectacular! At the same time, I feel how the Israelis are in need of us – not as „helpers“ or „knights in shining armour“ but as reliable friends. We own this to them and all the Jews after these 2.000 years of horrifying history of Christianity.

This trip has been very special in many aspects. Besides showing our documentation movie „Survival – three Jewish generations“, was our focus the deepening of relations to our Jewish friends.

At the end of August Maria Hoffmann and Astrid Hornoff flew on behalf of our association, the city of Leipzig and the Israeli religious community of Leipzig to New York to do searches about former Jews from Leipzig at the Leo Baeck Institute.

In May a group of craftsmen of the Saxony friends of Israel prepared and built floors and ways for the visitors.

In this new Jewish year 5.777 we celebrated again the feast of tabernacles. At the 16th of October, we held a church service under the theme „The law of Mose and the life with Jesus.“

During the week of Passover we celebrated the first time the Seder in another congregation. Our format „For the good of Zion I will not keep silent” should encourage Christians to build relationships to Israel, Jews and the Hebrew roots of our believe. The Seder is usually celebrated in a family setting.

Together with Rick and Dafna Wienecke we had the pleasure to take part in the 20th and last Saxony Israel conference in Glauchau. The conference had as its theme: „Why do the nations plan evil together? Why do they make useless plans?“ (Psalm 2:1) It is about the run against the authority and sovereignty of God – also in the church – e.g. in form of Bible criticism, that is based on making God up from the mainstream. The nations plan evil against the existence of the Jewish state but mean the God of Israel.

In mid-March, a group of craftsmen from the Ore mountains that belong to the Saxonian friends of Israel and I have been for another working input in Oswiecim-Brzezinka. A centerpiece of the art piece are six pillars that commemorated the six million murdered Jews during the Holocaust.